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Boxing Match of the Year: Salido vs. Kokietgym

By Kevin Iole -   Yahoo Sports

To a large segment of American sports fans, boxing is Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and perhaps Canelo Alvarez. And that's it.
To those fans, 2014 may have been a disappointment.

And this year was disappointing, in a way, in that the two best fights by far were far from the eyes of the majority of America's casual boxing fans.

On Aug. 8 in Monterrey, Mexico, Francisco Rodriguez defeated Katsunari Takayama for the IBF/WBO strawweight titles in one of the best fights I've ever seen. It was non-stop action from bell to bell, and when it was over, it didn't really matter who won. Those who saw it knew they'd witnessed something special.

Just six weeks later in Tijuana, Mexico, the slam-dunk choice for Fight of the Year had some company. Orlando Salido and Terdsak Kokietgym engaged in an almost hard-to-believe slugfest on Sept. 20 in a bout for the vacant WBO super featherweight title that featured seven knockdowns and even more changes in momentum, with Salido winning by 11th-round KO...